04 May 2022
Scotland's new Bee Advisor

We are delighted to announce that Lorraine Johnston joins us as Scotland’s new Bee Advisor.
Lorraine takes over from Graeme Sharpe who took early retirement. We would like to thank Graeme for his great work over the years and wish him well for the future. [It is fascinating to think how few of our current members ever came across Graeme.]
While this is a SRUC post, it is funded by the Scottish Government and a key part of the role will be working in close partnership with the Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team and the Lead Bee Inspector. As part of our Honey Bee Health Strategy, this role comes under the education pillar with the aim of improving bee health in Scotland.
In the coming months, Lorraine will influence the on-going restructure of our team, play a key role mentoring, developing and maintaining the high standards of our Bee Inspectors, be part of the Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) and the Varroa Working Group.
Below are a few introductory words from Lorraine:
“Hi, just a wee note to introduce myself. I am very excited to have been appointed Bee Advisor by the SRUC and very much look forward to meeting and working with the Honey Bee Health Team. This is my dream job and if I can do half as good a job as Graeme did I will be very happy, they are big boots to fill.
My background is in Education having taught in secondary schools for almost 30 years. My main subject was Religious Moral & Philosophical Studies but I have also taught, Social Subjects, Psychology and more recently have been very involved with the introduction of the national 5 NPA in beekeeping in Scotland’s schools. I am chair of the South of Scotland Beekeepers association and have been heavily involved in beginners training. In my spare time I help my partner with his 50 beehives. Bee obsessed!”
Part of Lorraine’s role is also to provide advice to beekeepers, take technical queries and promote good beekeeping practices. Lorraine is now in post and her enthusiasm and beekeeping knowledge will be a great asset to the team and benefit to the beekeeping community.
Lorraine can be contacted by email at: Lorraine.Johnston@sruc.ac.uk

Best regards,
Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team

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